THERE are two questions any die-hard Line Of Duty fans really care about: Who is H, and will there be another series after the next one?
And while I can’t tell you who the show’s mystery criminal mastermind is, I can help with the latter as creator Jed Mercurio has promised more to come.
The genius writer said of the upcoming new series: “Season six proves there is much more ground for us still to cover, in terms of other projects.
“I really want to carry on with Line Of Duty.”
He added: “I am in a fortunate position as a writer — getting to the point where people watch your work in such large numbers and you get a little bit of name recognition as well.
“I always encourage the actors to take centre stage as they drive all the publicity.
“But the fact that some recognise my input into the work is incredibly flattering.”
The sixth series — again centred on police anti-corruption officers played by Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston — starts next month and is rightly expected to be the TV event of the year.
They will return to hunt for the identity of H, who runs a group of corrupt officers.
Ahead of the latest series, Jed reveals he has considered killing off the main three characters.
He said: “In terms of the regulars, we do put them in peril every season.
“And every season we do consider the pros and cons of something terrible happening to them that means they can’t carry on.
“So they are certainly not immune from it.”
As well as Line Of Duty, Jed was behind the barnstorming success of 2018 BBC series Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, and says he wants to make a second series.
He told the Out To Lunch podcast: “I would love to do something in the next couple of years which, if it is not Bodyguard 2, then it is something on the same scale as that.”
I don’t think many would complain.
Bond. Flames Bond
SPARKS fly in the next series of Top Gear – as my pictures of Freddie Flintoff in a daredevil task reveal.
Sporting a pair of titanium shoes, he gets dragged at 80mph down a Scottish runway by The Stig, driving an Ariel Nomad buggy.
Also in a new 30-second trailer for the forthcoming BBC1 series, Paddy McGuinness – wearing his tux for a James Bond tribute – says: “Consider me shaken and very stirred.”
The lads also don wetsuits to dive into freezing-cold water.
Before taking the plunge, Paddy jokes: “Well, at least we’ve still got our dignity.”
With co-host Chris Harris, the trio embrace during an emotional drive down memory lane through the Lake District in their dads’ cars.
And Fred, in a battery-powered Extreme E, races a man with a jetpack.
That’s more high-octane stunts than even Daniel Craig can shake a stick at.
Rylan's beaver bovver
RYLAN Clark-Neal has taken a pop at some of his fellow celebs who are clearly breaking the rules by having haircuts during lockdown.
The Ready Steady Cook host told his 1.6million Twitter followers that many of TV’s finest have been looking “salon fresh” on screen.
Meanwhile, he claims to have battled on with a “beaver on my head”, which he is going to cut off himself.
Rylan said: “Can’t get over how many people on telly recently that must live with hairdressers, lucky things.
“Just done a whole series of Ready Steady Cook with what I can only describe as a beaver on my head. I’m gonna hack it off myself this week.”
Rylan deleted the message after realising he had broken the TV code of honour, which says you never criticise one another.
I let my wife cut my hair – and now I have a shaved head.
Rylan should count himself lucky with the beaver look.
THE week-long Celebrity Circle For Stand Up To Cancer comes to Channel 4 on March 9.
This version of The Circle, for the first time featuring only famous faces, will have Denise van Outen, Blue singer Duncan James, Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby and YouTuber Saffron Barker.
Tom gets down to Quizness
ANOTHER lockdown day, another new quiz show.
Tom Allen – the man who seems to be doing everything else for Channel 4 – is to front a six-parter called Quizness.
Contestants’ general knowledge will be put to the test as they play for the chance to win £25,000.
But the more answers the quizzers know, the dafter they must look to prove it.
The series is being described by the channel as “an entertaining twist on TV quiz shows”.
The rounds include Subbly Jubbly, in which those taking part must substitute nonsense words for the correct answers.
According to producers, there is a quick-fire round in which nearly every question has the same answer.
There is also a multiple choice section where contestants must answer a different question to the one they have actually been asked.
Tom said: “I grew up loving Larry Grayson and Bruce Forsyth and I love a show that tests the players’ abilities and their ability to answer a complicated question.
“I think audiences will love how this one challenges people’s knowledge to be bright and then translate their answers in a bizarre way for the sake of the game.
“It’s hilarious, so much fun. The whole family will love it.”
All eyes are on Juventus
AMAZON Prime Video is working on a new All Or Nothing series about Juventus Football Club.
The cameras have previously followed the ups and downs of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
But the sports documentary series is now turning towards the Italian football giants.
It means we will get a glimpse into the daily lives of Cristiano Ronaldo, the second best player of all time, and Welsh star Aaron Ramsey.
The cameras have been following their progress through the 2020/21 season, which ends in the summer, and the show is due to be screened later this year.
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